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The Band

Director: Albaqer Jafeer
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The first documentary about music to be filmed in Sadr city in Iraq, despite the violence and conflicts there.
The film is supported by Screen Institute Beirut (SIB).
Winner of four awards, including the Karama Feather for Best Documentary Film at the Karama Human Rights Film Festival.
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2017/ Iraq - Lebanon67 min/ Documentary, Musical
Original Title
Al-Ferqa
SYNOPSIS
Hulm Band is made up of six musicians who are sparing no efforts to fulfill their dream of playing Sufi music in their hometown, Sadr city, Iraq. They only face one dilemma, which lies in the fact that they can get murdered for playing music in a city where music is forbidden. In 67 minutes, the film follows the band members as they open up to the film’s director, Albaqer Jafeer, on their dreams, aspirations, and the reality in which they find themselves.
CAST
Hulm Band Members:
Fahd Abdul Rahman
Muntadher Sada
Ali Hussien
Mustafa Faleh
Hasan Qahtan
Medyan Mohammed
Abu Hatem
Abd Rabbh
CREW
Screenwriter: Albaqer Jafeer
DOP: Albaqer Jafeer
Editor: Deena Charara
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Producer(s)
Albaqer Jafeer
film festivals
Arab Film Festival Tübingen, Germany
Karama Human Rights Film Festival, Jordan
Oran International Arabic Film Festival, Algeria
Festival des Cinémas Arabes in Paris, France
Cine4all Fest, Egypt
Karama Beirut Human Rights Film Festival, Lebanon
Sharm El-Sheikh Asian Film Festival (SAFF), Egypt
film awards
Special Mention at the Oran International Arabic Film Festival, Algeria
Special Jury Prize for Best First Time Director at the Cine4all Fest, Egypt
Arab World Institute's Best Feature Documentary Film Award at the Festival des Cinémas Arabes in Paris, France
Karama Feather for Best Documentary Film at the Karama Human Rights Film Festival, Jordan